Ward and Goldstone; Volex collection

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 1008 ORG/VOLEX
  • Dates of Creation
      1963 - 1991
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      13 boxes

Scope and Content

Ward & Goldstone was one of Salford's biggest industrial employers, especially in the 1950s.

Founded in 1882 by James Ward & Meyer Hart Goldstone, it remained a family firm especially during the era of Sampson 'Mr Sam' Goldstone.

Ward & Goldstone's manufactured a range of electrical goods, including cable, plastic mouldings for plugs and car parts. It was a big supplier to Woolworth's.

The Frederick Road factory closed in 1986. The firm continues to exist in a form as part of Ionix (formerly Volex) – view their business history page.


Series 1: Company papers
Series 2: Factories
Series 3: Working conditions
Series 4: Trade union papers
Series 5: other papers

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